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HealthLink On Air radio show – July 28, 2013

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

HealthLink on Air radio showCertified nurse midwife Heather Shannon, NP, explains how women can have vaginal births after Cesarean deliveries. Kaushal Nanavati, MD, shares his four pillars of wellness. Respiratory therapist Joseph Sorbello talks about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with a Central New York man who has it. Also, registered dietitian Terry Podolak presents “Health Eats,” and Deirdre Neilen, PhD presents “The Healing Muse.”


‘Healthy Eats’ – Reducing pesticide exposure in foods

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Upstate University Hospital dietitian Terry Podolak, RDTerry Podolak, RD, our ‘Healthy Eats’ expert, explains the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure.   Read more about The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ , from the Environmental Working Group.


A visit from the healing muse: ‘When the Doctor’s Dad is Dying’, and ‘The Other Mothers’

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Deirdre Neilen, PhDDeirdre Neilen, PhD shares a selection from Upstate’s literary journal, “The Healing Muse” every Sunday on HealthLink on Air. Neilen is the editor of the annual publication featuring fiction, poetry, essays and visual art focused on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing.  Read The Healing Muse Cafe BlogOrder your copy of “The Healing Muse” today!


When the Doctor’s Dad is Dying, by Robert Schwab

The son plods along, his footfalls fighting the gravity of the situation,
Along the hospital corridor.
Pausing at intervals to wait for his father, the son knows
This walk tires the mans
Who worked six days a week molding steel into skyscrapers.

The son waits, hearing the shuffling behind him, remembering
All the times he followed his father across the yard,
Plastic lawnmower stirring the freshly cut grass clippings,
Trying to keep up with his hero.

The father scuffles along, his sneakers struggling against gravity,
Pacing himself so he doesn’t fall too far behind; he watches
His son’s back, grown broad and strong, remembering
When he wore the boy like a backpack on the way up to bed.

He labors, falling behind, losing ground, remembering
What it was like to walk ten stories up, all day long,
Never tiring, never afraid, never thinking of the day
When he would no longer be able to keep up with his son.

The son waves and nods to his students who call him teacher,
To his patients who call him doctor, wanting to tell them
That he can be neither just now, that for this moment
He is only a son.

And then he stops, turns, and looks, just as his father stops and looks,
And their eyes race across thirty years of unspoken love,
Carrying the message that neither can speak nor bear to hear –
It is not supposed to be this way.


The Other Mothers, by K. B. Kincer

They arrive in uniforms of grey,
pink and blue, the colors of dusk, of dawn,
patterned like flocks of birds lifting
from water to sky, rustling about the room
straightening sheets, plumping pillows,
untangling tubes hanging from IV poles
that chirp, whir, and tether the bed, a boat floating,
trying to drift from this pastel shore.

A blur of movement, they bob and turn
in short, swift steps, check the charts,
temperature, administer meds, and let
his mother brush Vaseline over cracked,
swollen lips, let her comb his hair,
massage cream into his hands, his feet,
let her stay at the foot of the bed.

They wash his body, but cover him
as they go, before and after, to expose
nothing to janitors swabbing floors,
removing trays, emptying trashcans.
They support his head, his arms and legs
with pillows and blankets, just so,
for they’ve practiced at home sprawling for hours
on couch cushions and foam bolsters.

Slats of sunlight enter the room, row
slowly across the floor, fade. At night,
his mother watches them lift and turn her son
to face the window, always east.


The growing incidence of HPV and its connection to oral sex

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Joseph B Domachowske, MDUpstate infectious disease specialist Joseph Domachowske, MD discusses the growing incidence of the human papilloma virus (HPV) and its connection to oral sex, an issue brought to light recently by actor Michael Douglas. Listen to a HealthLink on Air interview about HPV with Onondaga County Health Commissioner, Dr. Cynthia Morrow, MD and Dr. Donna Bacchi, MD.  Read/watch YNN coverage of HPV.


HealthLink On Air radio show – July 21, 2013

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

HealthLink on Air radio show Dr. Patrick Smith, DDS addresses the importance of dental care for people undergoing cancer treatment. Dr. Roberto Izquierdo, MD explains adrenal insufficiency and its treatment. Dr. Derek Cooney, MD talks about difficulty breathing in our “What’s Your Emergency?” segment. Also, hear psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD with “Check Up from the Neck Up” and Deirdre Neilen, PhD with “The Healing Muse.”


‘Peds to Parents’ – Advances in management of pain in children

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Richard M Cantor, MD,Rachel Hannon, CCLSRichard Cantor, MD, director of the pediatric emergency departmentat Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, is joined by Rachel Hannon, CCLS, certified child life specialist, to discuss the advances in pain management for children – both pharmacological and non-traditional. The child life specialist helps relieve the anxiety and stress associated with illness or injury for the child and their family through education, play, and imagery while in the emergency department. Cantor says the goal is a quiet room with a controlled environment, and a child who has no bad memory of the event.  

Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers


A visit from the healing muse: ‘A phone call after midnight’, and ‘The Country of Illness’

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Deirdre Neilen, PhDDeirdre Neilen, PhD shares a selection from Upstate’s literary journal, “The Healing Muse” every Sunday on HealthLink on Air. She edits the annual publication featuring fiction, poetry, essays and visual art focused on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing.

Order copies of “The Healing Muse” through the Center for Bioethics & Humanities.


A phone call after midnight, by Nina Bennett

never brings good news. My father’s
bedside dialysis line has clotted again,
third night in a row, after his family
stumbled home from the hospital
to shed tears hidden not only from him,
but from each other.

The doctor says my father, intubated
and less responsive each day,
communicates in the only language
he can access, declares his wishes
to those who will listen.

I drink coffee until daybreak, drive
to my childhood home. Mum
sits on the patio, stares
at the overgrown clematis Dad planted,
shakes her head when I start
to speak. She puts on gardening gloves,
picks up the pruner, clips
until violet flowers spring free,
released from the confines
of tangled vine. Chooses a blossom
the shade of midnight for Dad,

a jolt of color against the white sheets
and metal of the ICU.
Dad died that evening,
his final exhale so gentle
it didn’t ruffle the faded
flower resting on his chest.

The Country of Illness, by Meryl Natchez

Your body no longer belongs to you,
but to technicians whose work
is the body. Your time is taken up
in the exhausting task of translating
the confusing currency, adapting to customs
that seem pure insult where you come from.
Travel here is hard,
light and clatter just when you want
dim sleep. Visitors with their annoying questions,
as if you knew anything useful.
It takes all your time just to decipher
the map, the border instructions,
while you slowly work to put together
the price of the ticket back
to the land of the well, where we take our bodies
blessedly for granted.

You swear if your frail
boat ever arrives again at that shore,
you’ll treasure every moment without pain,
appreciate the feet that carry you everywhere,
the arms that lift and hold and lift
at your command. But it’s not possible.
The healthy breathe health like fish
breathe water. We move at will, cursing
when the car won’t start, or the coffee spills,
and all the while the dark blood pulses,
and health glints,
thoughtless as moonlight
on black water.


Dr. Richard O’Neill’s Check-Up From The Neck-Up: Whew! Done with that magilla….or important AND fun!

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Richard O'Neill, PhDAs Dr. Richard O’Neill turns 60, he reflects on the importance of picking projects carefully, and remembering to smell the roses–and dance the merry dance –along the way.

Watch Dr. O’Neill on YouTube!
Suggest a Topic!
Check-up from the Neck Up Podcast Archives

Read more about The Institute for Decision Excellence & Leadership


HealthLink On Air radio show – July 14, 2013

Monday, July 15th, 2013

HealthLink on Air radio showGenetic counselor Bonnie Braddock tells about genetic testing and what to consider beforehand. Dr. Ali Salah, MD explains the value of cardiac MRI. Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood, Jr., MD, visits Syracuse to talk about robotic cardiac surgery. And, listen for “Healthy Eats” by registered dietitian Terry Podolak and “The Healing Muse” from Deirdre Neilen, PhD.


Robotic cardiac surgery

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Randolph Chitwood, Jr. MDDr. Randolph Chitwood, Jr., one of the world leaders in minimally invasive and robotic mitral valve surgery, describes how these techniques affect outcomes and what it means for the future. Chitwood is recognized as the first heart surgeon to perform robot-assisted heart valve surgery in North America, and currently serves as Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Sr. Vice Chancellor at East Carolina University.


A visit from the healing muse: ‘Opening the Summer House’

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Deirdre Neilen, PhDDeirdre Neilen, PhD shares a selection from Upstate’s literary journal, “The Healing Muse” every Sunday on HealthLink on Air. Neilen is the editor of the annual publication featuring fiction, poetry, essays and visual art focused on themes of medicine, illness, disability and healing.  Read The Healing Muse Cafe BlogOrder your copy of “The Healing Muse” today!


Opening the Summer House, by B.A. St. Andrews

Sun-drenched again and one
with the universe I am
sweeping this kitchen singing
at the top and bottom of
essentially tuneless lungs.

On the porch I contemplate
a cormorant precariously balanced
atop sails, wings outstretched
frail as a purple Jesus
steadying for nails.

Being neither bird nor sacred
boy, I tremble in joy if not
redemption and scrub down
doomsday thoughts and dogmas
of denial. For a precious fortnight

sin itself is not on trial. In
beguiling heat I perceive myself
a Deity and so decree; humans
need atone for nothing.
Cardinal-hatted hollyhocks agree.

My life plies with waves that
leap like ballerinas on the jetty,
spinning diaphanous skirts of
foam. Gull, cod, cloud, plover:
everything dances or hovers.

Crescendo, decrescendo, Triton
blasts sea-symphonies against
stone. Sunbeams clap topaz
hands while girls plant shells
like dreams in amber sand.

I am planting, too. Come
high tide and harvest moon
Love itself may slide
inside my cave of dreams,
mystic and wild as a silkie.

Alive with light I am
pounded thin as a compact disc
by sound; I am a silver filament
humming in August heat, a one
woman network of good news.

All my links and lines are
open. When I take the airwaves,
Mother Nature has Her say.
Pipers promise “Yes!”
South winds murmur “Stay!”


Making workplaces safer

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Upstate family medicine physician Michael Lax, MDMichael Lax, MD, talks about worker health and safety — why it is under-reported, and what can be done to make the state’s workplaces safer.  Lax is the medical director of the Occupational Health Clinical Center (CNY), which is staffed by a team of health professionals actively working to support worker health and safety in 26 counties in New York. For more information, call 315-432-8899.